Our faith should indeed determine our politics, argues Sean O'Conaill - in agreement with Archbishop Eamon Martin. However, in the wake of the Ryan report of 2009, a whole new conversation about that needs to happen.
Love before Knowledge: Aidan Hart suggests that the religious education of Catholic children and young people should follow the sequence of the Confession, Gloria and Credo of the Mass.
St William Parish, Louisville, Kentucky - the future for Irish parishes - ploughed by Irish emigrants from 1901. (Republished by permission of NCR)
What different path might the Catholic Church in Ireland have taken, if this 1964 Vatican II declaration had led to never-ending dialogue in every Irish parish?
That Jesus called people to ‘follow me’ in the Gospel is indisputable, but was he calling some to a primary role of ‘ministry’ and others to be merely deferential receivers of that ministry – a secondary role? Sean O'Conaill thinks otherwise.
The ACI Steering Group asks for feedback from members on the progress of lay involvement in an Irish church running increasingly short of clergy.
On May 7, 2019 Pope Francis said his own experts could not agree on whether women were ordained as deacons in the same way that men were in the early church. The Wijngaards Institute suggests that the Pope should consult documents in the Vatican library to clear his own mind on the subject.
Is the 'worldliness' that Jesus 'conquered' the same as the 21st century 'status anxiety' that led to high-profile cheating re US university admissions? Sean O'Conaill thinks so, and offers a 'cure'.
In the week of February 4th-8th 2019, Richard Rohr OFM reflects on the history of Christian understanding of the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Aidan Hart suggests an appropriate New Year’s resolution for ACI Catholics which would help bring about the necessary reforms of the Church into a Christ-centered lay movement, humbly served by priests and hierarchy.
Readying Irish Catholic Faith for the ‘Public Square’
Gloria Before Credo
Can laypeople lead a parish? Look to Louisville, KY, USA
High Time for Lumen Gentium No. 37 (1964)?
When did Jesus call anyone to a secondary role in the church?
'Lay involvement' - is it happening in your parish?
Pope Francis' experts disagree on the issue of women deacons
21st Century 'Status Anxiety' is Gospel 'Worldliness'
Richard Rohr - Jesus and the Cross
A New Year Resolution for ACI Catholics
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Dr Tony O'Dwyer sees 'transparency and integrity' as the only viable future for the Irish Catholic Church - for discussion in Howth Nov 19th, 2019.
Under challenge, Mary McAleese insists she used John Paul II passage 'by analogy', to illustrate male dominance of the church.
Mary McAleese got it wrong in her selection of quotations to illustrate the 'misogyny' of Pope St John Paul II - according to Irish Jesuit Kevin O'Higgins.
Irish Bishops argue for, and outline, a 'Christian Mindfulness' but warn against the merely secular variety.
Pope Francis must now decide on request from Amazonia for married priests for remote areas. This decision could change the Catholic church everywhere.
Fr Sean McDonagh and Sr Dympna Mallon SMA - to speak to Armagh Peace and Justice Commission, in the O Fiaich Library, Moy Road, Armagh, Sat 9th...
Report of brief preliminary meeting of ACI delegation with Bishops D McKeown of Derry and A Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore at Maynooth, 1st Oct 2019
To be canonised in Rome on Sunday October 13th, Cardinal John Henry Newman also influenced anti-Nazi martyrs celebrated in post World War II Germany.
Canon Law boundaries are making German bishops restless and impatient in 2019, following outrage over clerical abuse revelations.
With the priestly manpower crisis building in Ireland, Irish Bishops need to attend to Article 37 of Lumen Gentium when they meet on October 1st, 2019